SYDNEY (AFP): Several beaches on Australia’s east coast remained closed Sunday after a bodyboarder was seriously hurt in a shark attack, just weeks after two others were badly mauled at a nearby region. A 38-year-old man was bodyboarding with a friend off Lighthouse Beach, about 400 kilometres (248 miles) north of Sydney, late Saturday afternoon when he was attacked and suffered “life-threatening injuries”, New South Wales state police said. He was treated at Port Macquarie Hospital for stomach and back wounds and was in a stable condition on Sunday morning, a hospital spokeswoman told AFP.

Beaches in the Port Macquarie and Hastings area remained closed on Sunday.

The latest attack came less than a month after a 52-year-old surfer sustained serious arm and leg injuries after being bitten at Evans Head, about 350 kilometres north of Lighthouse Beach.